Swiss Ambassador in Bucharest Jean-Hubert Lebet said on Friday that he visited the Azomures industrial platform in Targu Mures, owned by Swiss grain trading group Ameropa, and found that the ongoing investments in non-polluting technologies are within schedule, so that he hopes they will be commissioned early next year, for the company to become one of the best performing in Europe in terms of environmental protection.
I took this opportunity to do more than just visit the local authorities, but also to visit one of the largest Swiss investments in Romania, Azomures, and inquire about the ongoing works for the overhaul of this chemical platform. I am very pleased to see that the works are within schedule, and we hope the locals have just a few weeks or months more to cope with the plant’s emissions. Having in view that a new process will soon kick off, you’ll be able to see some significant improvement. I hope we meet again next year to commission this new complex and celebrate one of the best companies in Europe as regards the protection of the environment and energy saving, said Jean-Hubert Lebet., according to Agerpres.
The Swiss diplomat mentioned that Ameropa Group owner Andreas Zivy can continue investments on the Azomures platform and “is here for the long term, not to sell or speculate.”
Mures County prefect Lucian Goga said that during Friday’s talks with the authorities of Targu Mures city and the county authorities, Ambassador Jean-Hubert Lebet approached the subject of fertilizer producer Azomures and promised that non-polluting technologies would be commissioned in January.
According to the presentation made by Azomures, with the investments worth over 230 ml euros, Ameropa Holding pursues bringing the facility in line with environmental regulations, increasing its production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes a year from the current 1.3 million tonnes, and reducing energy consumption.
The Targu Mures Civic Movement initiated on June 3 an online petition addressed to European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, and also notified the Ministry of Environment of the pollution produced by Azomures.
Since the beginning of the year, Targu Mures locals filed with environmental institutions 80 complaints over atmospheric and noise pollution attributable to Azomures, and the Mures branch of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania even suggested the organization of a local referendum on closing down the chemical plant.